The UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) seeks to assess the quality of research in universities in the period from 2008 to 2014. The assessment is based on the quality of activity in relation to outputs, the research environment and impact.The REF differs from previous assessments in that it now includes research 'impact', based on case studies of previous research activities.The assessment provides a quality profile for research activity ranging from (impact classifications are in brackets):
Kingston Business School submitted 30 people to the REF (24.9 FTE), an increase on the number of Faculty members submitted in 2008. Overall, the results show excellent progress for the Business School. Of the elements in the submission 19% was classified 4* and 47% 3*. The full quality profile, shown in Table 1, shows high levels of 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent' research, in terms of outputs and environment and a particular strength in impact. On average, the impact component means that almost 90% of the Business School's impact is world leading or internationally excellent.
Table 1 Business and Management Kingston University REF2014
|% of research activity in the submission judged to meet the standard for:|
Based on these percentages, the Grade Point Average (GPA) of the Kingston result is 2.78, again showing a solid improvement over the 2008 GPA of 2.45. This places Kingston joint 47th out of 101 submissions overall.
Set in the context of other universities in London and the South East, Kingston Business School's research is ranked as 12th out of 29. Some of the universities scoring lower than Kingston Business School are the University of Surrey, Oxford Brookes University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Brunel University, and Birkbeck College.
Professor Robert Blackburn, Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty: ''These results record the progression in the quality and volume of our research activity. They are a result of the high calibre of our staff and their research work. Not only has the Business School improved the quality of its outputs and environment, it has also shown world-leading impact deriving from this research. Well done to all involved''.
Professor Ronald Tuninga, Dean of the Faculty said ''We are really pleased with these results for Kingston Business School and the University as a whole. Two-thirds of our research activity is classified as internationally excellent or world-leading. This places us amongst a pack of esteemed universities and in the top 50 in the country. In looking forward, we will build upon these results and use them as a springboard for further strengthening our research. We congratulate all of the colleagues in Kingston Business School who have made this result possible''.
In the broader context for the University, in Times Higher REF league table Kingston is up at 72nd from joint 91st in 2008, ahead of Brunel, Coventry, Oxford Brookes, Hertfordshire, Salford etc. Kingston's arts and design submission also performed really well, and ranks 35 out 84 submissions.